Windows 7 RTM build 7600 is free to download
Windows 7 RTM build 7600 is free for download at Technet and MSDN. The download was actually made available on August 6 and early downloaders slowed the speeds to a crawl but expect it to speed up as soon as they drop off. The 32-bit edition comes in at a heavy 2.4 Gb.
ZDNET Australia reported that a version was released to manufacturing on July 20. Today, Australian IT news reports that they are getting Lenovo netbooks loaded with Windows 7. Lenovo Australia won a $150 million contract to prvide netbooks to NSW secondary school students and teachers. IBM Australia won a $70 million contract to build Aruba wireless networks in 232,000 secondary schools.
According to lifehacker, Best Buys Windows 7 pricing will be $49.00 and $99.99. For systems purchased after June 26th, the upgrade is free. Upgrade versions are advertised on it’s website for 119.99 and 199.99.
Windows 7 is supposed to offer improved security, better search tools and mobile support and easier networking. Whether this is true is yet to be seen. Microsoft is betting this new OS will move small business from Apple’s OS X and Redhat’s Linux.
Netbook users and future users should be forewarned that Windows 7 starter, the version targeted for netbooks will be limited. Starter will be the least featured edition.